This will be the last STEM “lesson” for the school year. For this final activity I have created a virtual STEM room for students to visit. Please click on the "Virtual STEM Room" button below and take some time to check it all out. I miss all of your sweet faces, infectious laughter, and amazing personalities. Stay well and I hope to see you all soon.
This week's Flipgrid STEM challenge is all about Star Wars in honor of May the 4th and Revenge of the 5th! Check it out at https://flipgrid.com/ksestemathome or on the app with flip code: ksestemathome.
I have been so impressed with the responses to the Flipgrid challenges. I decided to make one grid on which students can access each of the topics I am making available each week. That way your student can go back and do previous challenges if he/she wants to. All the challenges can be accessed at https://flipgrid.com/ksestemathome or on the app using the grid code: ksestemathome. From there your student will see this week’s topic about science and music, or he/she can select a previous topic. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Earth Day is this week! In fact, this year marks the the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Every year we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. I have a new Flipgrid topic posted this week for you about Earth Day. Click the link below to take you to Flipgrid. Once there you can watch a short video to introduce the challenge, and when you are ready, you can click on the big green PLUS sign to add your own video. www.flipgrid.com/2020earthday You can also use the Flipgrid app. The grid code is: 2020earthday.
Here is a fun challenge for this week to find a way to use all the paper towel and toilet paper rolls you have filling up your recycling bins! Click the link below to take you to Flipgrid. Once there you can watch a little video I created to introduce the challenge, and then when you are ready, you can click on the big green PLUS sign to add your video. You can also use the Flipgrid app. The grid code is: rollchallenge
There is a very cool AR/VR tool out there called a Merge cube. Due to the recent switch to digital learning, the people at Merge have created a site where you can download a printable Merge cube to try out a few of their apps. Print out and assemble a cube, check out the info on their Wakelet to learn how to use it, and have some fun!
*Please note that it states that an account is not required, but if you do sign up for one there will be access to a few more features in Object viewer.
Please continue to use any of the resources from last week or from the home screen of this page. If you are looking for something a little more concise, I love these one page "newspapers" from Daily STEM. Here is the most recent edition. If you want to read others you can visit the archives.
Here are some resources to engage and enrich your students' learning while at home. Click on the link below to open the accompanying document.
Here are some additional ideas directly related to 4th grade science standards. *Credit to Colleen Cauffiel for the ideas below.
Tool: Google Science Journal
Lesson idea: Students can use a sensor to investigate light around them. After experimenting with the app, have students design their own light experiment. From Google " How do artificial light sources compare to natural light from a window? What happens near a wall, under a table? Where do you find the lowest reading? Where do you find the highest reading? What happens if you place the light sensor at different angles to the light source? Does tilting the phone make a difference?"
Tool: Science Kids
Lesson idea: Students can learn about reflection using this simulation with mirror and light.
Fourth grade students have been studying food chains, food webs, and ecosystems for the past several weeks. This unit includes an annual favorite activity of dissecting owl pellets. Here is a link to a video of a baby owl regurgitating an owl pellet, which the students absolutely LOVED getting to see! Video Link
The first few weeks the students spent completing some activities that required them to concentrate on using the 4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Then they worked on learning how to use Ozobots and Spheros to understand block coding and some of the basics of computer science.